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Saturday, 3:30–4:45 p.m., 204, JW Marriott

Elemental Ecocriticism: Thinking with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water

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A special session. Presiding: Stephanie LeMenager, Univ. of Oregon

Speakers: Stacy Alaimo, Univ. of Texas, Arlington; Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington Univ.; Lowell Duckert, West Virginia Univ., Morgantown; Steven Roger Mentz, Saint John’s Univ., NY; Serpil Oppermann, Hacettepe Univ.

For centuries the world was held to be composed of four elements bound by love and pulled apart by strife. Elemental theory offered a mode of apprehending ecological materiality not centering the cosmos on the human. This conversation about literature and theory, contemporary and historical, explores how a renewed intimacy with the elemental promises a more dynamic environmental humanities.

For abstracts, visit https://commons.mla.org/groups/ecocriticism-and-environmental-humanities/ after 10 Dec.

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